Fashion Over Reason

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Hélène in the Helen Dress


Elborne Living Amour Vert Helen dress, Warby Parker Dorothy sunglasses, Bushwick, Brooklyn


I've already established that dresses are basically everything you need in life come summertime thanks to the fact that they're the easiest thing to throw on. And despite this simple and effortless quality, it's also the one item that makes you look like a fancy lady. Sounds like a win to me.

I've been really keen on summer knitwear this year and I'm happy to report that I found a knit dress that embodies the ideal summer frock: this dress by Amour Vert from Elborne Living. Airy and light, aka the most painless getup to slip into to grab brunch on the weekend - or throw on a pair of strappy heels (these would be perfect) instead of Chucks and you've got yourself some gussy cocktail attire.

But my favorite part about it is the fact that it's made of 100% organic cotton. That means cotton that was grown without the use of toxic pesticides and chemicals (think of those poor cotton farmers that have to inhale chemicals every day to grow their crops), and that uses far less water than regular cotton. While most people think cotton is a sustainable fibre, it isn't unless it's organic.

I do tend to talk about sustainability in fashion quite a bit - you can read my thoughts about it over on the Style Line - and people always ask me where they can shop brands that do their part both socially and for the environment. I am planning on doing a full feature on all of the great places to find the best of slow fashion, but for now I want to talk about the online shop Elborne because that's where this dress is from.

They have some seriously sweet threads, which makes shopping there a no-brainer, but beyond their merch being cute is the fact that their company ethos is also about making a difference and implementing a new way to engage around all things style-related. My kind of people :)

But another reason this dress was basically made for me? It's called the Helen dress. Mic drop.

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Details:
Amour Vert Dress from Elborne
Warby Parker Dorothy sunglasses
Converse Chuck Taylors


Friday, August 12, 2016

Free Flowing

Cienne New York Frankie Dress, Marais USA Jardin Heels, BLK DNM leather jacket, Helene Heath in Paris

Be forewarned before you go any further into this post: it's a lengthy one, please forgive my inability to edit myself. I love these shots so much that I couldn't cut down any more than this. Tee hee.

Now, onward!

There's something about being in Paris that energizes the daylights into you. Not just that, but it also inexplicably alters your mind frame into rethinking what you once considered to be a good outfit. What you'd previously believed to be perfectly acceptable attire on any given day or night out simply won't cut it for gallivanting about the historic streets of the City of Lights.

In that case, what does one wear to not feel sub par in fashion's capital, the place that's renowned for effortless style, nonchalant chic and endless beauty? Gahhhh.

I'll tell you what: there's never been a better excuse to wear pretty flowy dresses. It's not in my habit to be overly feminine, but I never shy away from avoiding an inseam. It's best done in that French girl way: paired with contrasting elements that balance each other out, in this case an insanely pretty and minimalist dress accompanied by a tough girl biker bomber.

This is one of my favorite looks ever, and I happen to have worn it in one of my favorite cities ever, making this blog post one of my favorites ever. What a time to be alive!

PS the dress is Cienne (I've talked about them before) and you can get it here.

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Details:
Cienne Frankie Dress
Marais USA shoes
BLK DNM leather jacket
Bottega Veneta bag
Ray-Ban sunglasses

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Sunday, August 7, 2016

Pink Lady Goes to the Paris Opera

heleneisfor, Meg shop top, Madewell jeans, Sol Sana sandals, Paris Opera Garnier

Something you might not know about me is that I used to live in Paris. It was many years ago and I was only there for 5 months, but it was quite memorable, as you can imagine. I've gone back pretty often to visit since then and it's always partly nostalgic, partly comforting because I know the city so well.

While it's always exciting to discover all the new things going on, I do have my staple stops that I just can't leave without popping in for a brief visit. On that list is the Garnier Opera. It's so insanely beautiful and I never tire of visiting it. Even better if I can actually go watch a ballet, but most of the time I'm just content with a walk-through in the daytime.

These pics were taken - you guess it - at the Opera. Because there is literally no better place in the world to take photos.

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Details:
Meg top
Madewell jeans
Sol Sana sandals
Ray-Ban sunglasses

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Jumpsuit Lady in London

heleneisfor in London, Meg Shop jumpsuit, Maryam Nassir Zadeh, BLK DNM leather jacket, Bottega Veneta messenger bag, Cienne NY scarf

While fall and winter are all about layering, spring and summer necessitate easy one-stop-shop ensembles that are effortless and versatile. That's precisely what I kept in mind on my Euro travels last month. I brought tons of dresses, flowy pieces that could take me from day to night, and my fav: jumpsuits.

You may recognize this white number from my birthday. It's proven to have become quite a staple in my wardrobe due to its multi-purpose quality. This getup worked perfectly on an evening out in London town last month. So much so that rain abstained itself.

I'm sure my jumpsuit convinced it to stay in the clouds.

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Details:
Meg Shop jumpsuit
Maryam Nassir Zadeh shoes
Cienne scarf
BLK DNM leather jacket
Bottega Veneta bag

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Playing in Paris in Palazzos

Cienne NY palazzo pants, Loeffler Randall Espadrilles, J Brand denim jacket, Jcrew cami 1

I certainly hope that you were following my European adventures on Insta a few weeks back. There was a Parisian leg to our jaunt and I know I won't have to do much to convince you that it was quite lovely pretty fucking amazing.

The ideal attire for a summer stay in the city of lights? Two words: light an airy. My love of proportion play has been well-documented on this blog over the years, and the flame is burning as bright as ever. Case in point: these easy, breezy, chic-as-hell tencel palazzos from one of my favorite labels, Cienne.

Sure, these pants were the ideal travel companion, but there are so many reasons for why I currently have them on heavy rotation. The neutral color is basically what my sartorial dreams are made of. Their far-from-the-body disposition is the only thing I can handle in this heat. Slits up the side on the ankle provide a va-va-voom flow no one could resist.

Oh, and the most important part? They're made of tencel, one of the most eco-friendly fabric there is, and they were made right here in New York City's garment district. And that's why Cienne is one of my favorite brands - they do everything oh so right.

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Details:
Cienne pants
J.Crew cami
J Brand denim jacket
Loeffler Randall espadrilles
Ray-Ban sunglasses
Bottega Veneta bag

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

One and Done

heleneisfor in mohonk, jcrew maxi dress, longchamp bucket bag

We're in the middle of a major heat wave and I'm looooooving it. Sure, it can get uncomfortable, but I'll take this over a polar vortex any day. The way I look at it is that during the winter, I often find myself thinking I'd rather be living through a scorcher than be standing on the cold street corner... In the summer, however, I NEVER have the reverse thought. Like, ever. While sweating and feeling uncomfortably warm and wanting to complain about it, I simply remind myself that I'd rather the sweat than the frigidity.

That said, one of my favorite things to wear when the weather is oven-like is a simple summer dress. Maxi, mini, flowy, light... it's the easiest way to look put together, it's one of the lightest things you can put on your body, and it's a no-brainer cause it's basically a one and done. One item of clothing to pick out and you're ready to be out the door.

How do you survive a heat wave?

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Details:
J.Crew dress
Sol Sana sandals
Ray-Ban sunglasses
Longchamp bag

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